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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
last night's debate could affect today's conversations. >> reporter: republican mitt romney may have secured exactly what he needed out of this first presidential debate, a fresh look for undecided voters. >> he laid out a very clear choice and a big choice. that's what this election is about. >> reporter: the candidates sparred on key issues this election, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i'd rather have a private plan. i'd just as soon not have the government telling me what kind of health care i can have. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered administrative costs than private insurance does which is why seniors are generally pretty happy with it. and private insurers have to make a profit. >> reporter: even advisers to president obama admit romney did well. >> i give him credit for a strong performance. >> reporter: the debate was one of the most substantive in recent history. now democrats hope to seize on the details to attack romney moving forward. >> are we going to hold the governor accountable for his fraudulent positions? yes, we're going to do that. >> repor
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings. between these two men. for romney, today felt like a new chapter. here's a look at the crowd waiting for him tonight in virginia. while the president today said some things he was expected to say on that stage last night. we begin our coverage with nbc's andrea mitchell. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. the president showed up today armed with attack lines against mitt romney a day late. trying to regain his footing after a rocky debate performance, the president today at an outdoor rally seemed everything he was not last night. >> the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real mitt romney's decisions and what he's been saying for the last year. >> mitt romney was greeted with thunderous applause this morning. at a speech to co
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm PDT
house. >> a new mood after many saw a new mitt romney last night. >> let's get back to better care. the government can provide the service at lower cost and without a profit. >> in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> at a rally in denver, the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> later today, at a huge rally in wisconsin, the president charged romney changed what he said. >> he may do a tap dance and a two step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have practice. >> you're more worried that obama might lose now? >> no, not really. >> obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it, if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> romney strategists claim all the chan
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
if he has some great night it mitt romney has to have a good night to get this trajectory of this race to change. >> reporter: the poll shows romney with momentum. but more voters think the economy is improving. what are they listening for tonight? >> i would like to hear firm chances on positions. definitely some good debates. >> reporter: inundated by ads -- >> this president cannot tell us -- >> reporter: -- some residents say they won't watch tonight's debate. >> i already know who i'm voting for and i just don't want to hear it anymore. >> reporter: in our poll, 6 in 10 found the debates just somewhat important or not at all. tracie potts, nbc news, denver. >> hopefully it will be a nice break from all the rhetoric we've been pounded with. this debate starts up at 8:00. >>> good morning. i don't know about you but i went to bed with my ac cranked up last night. >> i thought about the window opening but nah, way too hot. >> this is all anybody wants to talk about, the october heat wave. people who i haven't heard from for months getting up on my facebook page asking when is this he
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:00am PDT
if he has some great night and mitt romney has a really bad night. mitt romney has to have a good night to get this trajectory of this race to change. >> likely a lot of things going back and forth in this one. tonight's debate's main focus will be on domestic policy. >>> and of course make sure to check out the debate action. right here on nbc bay area. you can tune in an hour early for local news right here, followed by "nightly news" starting at 5:30. >>> antioch police are searching for someone who has been throwing debris on to traffic down below. it happened at the g street overcrossing on three occasions. monday, an ambulance was damaged by something thrown from that overpass. twice last week, a man and a woman had their cars badly damaged. nobody was hurt in those incidents. anyone with information is asked to call antioch police. >>> brand-new proposal would make it, soon, a crime to be naked in public in san francisco. a city supervisor representing the castro district proposing the measure yesterday. this would ban nudity in plazas, urban parks, sidewalks, streets and on publ
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
us. thanks for getting up early with us. jim, a lot going on last night. romney was the aggressor, president obama doing a little rope-a-dope there. in your mind what kind of grade would you give these candidates. >> i'd have to say romney probably felt like he earned an "a." he seemed confident and assertive. one of the key things is he wanted to reassure voters he understood their problems and he from the outset from his initial statement, i think he did a pretty good job of suggesting that. he cared about jobs and the economy and probably passed the test of reassuring voters that he did understand the problems that we're facing. >> and now we are, what, 12 days away until the next debate. professor, what do the two candidates need to do between now and that next date on the 16th? >> well, i think obama needs to become a little bit more assertive, a little bit more aggressive. as the front runner, i believe he felt like he could just sort of coast a little bit and as the front runner not make any mistakes and perhaps maybe romney would make some mistakes. i think romney needs to
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
of wednesday night's debate, romney's trying to reverse his fortunes in battlegrounds like ohio where he's fallen behind. >> under president obama we've lost half a million manufacturing jobs and china has passed us in manufacturing. >> reporter: the president argues the republicans are offering nothing new. >> it's not a plan for our economy, it's not a plan to strengthen the middle class, it is not change, it is a relapse and we're not going to do it. >> reporter: the latest jobs report, cold, hard facts certain to be the subject of a heated debate. and the next jobs report comes out just four days before the election. lynn? >> all right, brian, thank you. we begin in new jersey with one family's dramatic escape from a fast-moving fire. a surveillance camera was rolling when a mother and her five kids jumped from their third floor apartment. luckily a few good samaritans were there to help soften the landings. >>> it turns outman's best friend was behind a suspected burglary. who would have thought. when bruce's cell phone received a call from his home phone, he heard scratching and ba
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i think it will be a good debate, but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings to it. >> reporter: john kerry
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 3:00am PDT
, huntington bank, u.s. bancorp or key. take a romney kicker any day of the week. throughout the night romney repeatedly claimed he was the real friend of small business. even as we know saying something bad about small business has become the new third rail of american politics. this comment is typical. >> there was a survey done of small businesses across the country. said what's been the effect of obamacare on your hiring plans? and three quarters of them said it makes us less likely to hire people. >> all right. let's take him at face value for a moment. small business truly gets a boost if you elect romney, you need some paychex. the company's growth is in the hands of small business expansion. obama bears take note. you might be tempted to short paychex on the democratic victory. but remember, you have to pay that bountiful dividend if you short the stock. along the same lines, romney claimed that obama's policies are causing an increase in the use of food stamps. >> the proof of that is one out of six people in poverty. the proof of that is we've gone from 32 million on food stamps to
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
on the offensive, surprising a lot of people last night during that presidential debate. romney no doubt with thing so tight needing a strong performance to turnpike h his i around. the candidates talked about a lot of things. mainly taxes, health care and jobs. romney, he went after president obama on obama care, saying that plan will just kill jobs. president obama, he fired back claiming romney didn't have a specific plan to replace it. they also talked about their plans for education. the president says romney's plan would take funding away from education to pay for tax cuts for the rich. >> and to pay for it, we're having to initiate significant cuts and federal support for education. that makes a difference. >> i don't want to cut our commitment to education. i want to make it more effective and efficient. and by the way, i've had that experience. i don't just talk about it, i've been there. massachusetts schools are ranked number one in the nation. >> the consensus is round one goes to romney. these two candidates will face off in round two. they'll meet again on october 16th, but first we h
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can reach tens of millions of people? why isn't it too late to believe that after you announce your running mate, after you have your own convention, that you can restart with the presidential debates? >> absolutely. you'll have tens of millions of people for the very first time, david, really tuning in and paying attention to this race. and also for the first time you're going to have them be able to make a direct side-by-side comparison. remember, at the end of the day, campaigns are about the candidates. and they're going to be able to see the two candidates next to each other, debating each other, and governor
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
walks onto the debate stage wednesday night, mitt romney will now he's behind. know he needs to catch up. needs to win the night. what can he show of himself that he hasn't shown before and what does he need to show of barack obama that we don't already know? seeing is believing. the three times the debates have changed the lead in a presidential race. each time it was about the words, but also that something else, something that told voters what they didn't know and all of a sudden mattered a lot. and finally, bad numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
night for mitt romney and one you're going to see the president's team have to go back to the drawing board a little bit for the second debate. >> two points here. number one, in 34 separate states voting has already been under way before tonight's event started. number two, for those interesting -- interested in a thorough fact checking of all the withering facts on both sides we heard tonight, that segment will be coming up in just a bit. andrea mitchell is heading up our team working on that. tom brokaw is another member of our team in the arena, in denver. and tom, the conventional wisdom has a way of kind of bubbling up these days during the event. and i imagine one of the plot lines tomorrow will be here's mitt romney, as we said, energized, coming right from the game. he has been in an active, very active campaign heretofore, and the president has been on the job in that realm during this whole time. >> well, governor romney did spend a lot of time preparing for this debate, and it paid off. he had a well-organized narrative. he knew his brief. and this was the candidate that t
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 12:35am PDT
and applause ] did you guys see this during last night's debate? mitt romney said that he loves big bird. which was even more awkward since the question was "can you explain your tax plan?" [ laughter ] after months of build-up, last night was the first presidential debate at the university of denver. of course, a lot of big names didn't show up for the event. joe biden, nancy pelosi, president obama. no, he just didn't -- [ light laughter ] [ boos ] it was not a good night. not a good night for the president. in fact, the president seemed to give long-winded, disjointed answers during last night's debate. even gary busey was like, "dude, you got to focus. [ laughter ] focus. first, one can understand stuff." [ laughter ] that's right. romney was the big winner last night and in case you missed his performance, we boiled it down to just the best parts. here, take a look. >> big bird -- grabbed my arm -- and said -- i'm coming for -- you -- rich guy. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: i read that a lot of people were -- played drinking games last night, during the debate, where they -- they too
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
. after last night's fiery presidential debate, senior advisors to the obama and romney campaigns are live with a look at what's next in the race. >>> and a bus monitor whose video of being bullied went viral will be live with details of her anti-bullying foundation. >>> and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. have a good one. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:30am PDT
. >> reporter: building on the momentum of wednesday night's debate romney is trying to reverse his fortunes in battle grounds like ohio where he's fallen behind. >> under president obama we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs and china has passed us in manufacturing. >> reporter: the president argues republicans are offering nothing new. >> it's not a plan for our economy, it's not a plan to strengthen the middle class, it is not change, it is a relapse, and we're not going to do it. >> reporter: the latest jobs report, cold hard facts. certain to be the subject of heated debate. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> 4:52. an emotional reunion caught on tape. a young girl reunited with her stolen puppy. >>> and a live look outside. you know what, you're reunited with all your colleagues on the morning commute. we'll show you where you'll see some slowing or at least that's what i see on my sensors coming up. >>> 4:55 right now. oh, do we love happy endings. a 10-year-old san jose girl reunited with her little puppy that was stolen from her house. >> i want to say thank you to ev
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 12:00am PDT
: was that the wednesday night massacre or what? did mitt romney catch up and pass obama in one 90-minute performance? will the strong new jobseport help the president to take command? leading from behind? was there some hidden unknown logic to the president's decision to let his challenger wing his way from one position to another? why didn't barack obama force romney to own his record against the auto rescue and against the 47% and against showing his personal taxes. was there a reason obama didn't want 70 million people to know his best case? finally, rematch. will the town hall format of the next debate give barack obama a chance to show greater empathy. and will mitt romney be just as good when people ask the questions? hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, abc's sam donaldson, nbc's andrea mitchell, msnbc s.e. cupp and joe klein. the new jobs report gives the obama campaign a much-needed assist after the debacle wednesday night in denver. the debate's closing statements told the tale. the president was down and mitt romney was up. >> you know, four years ago we were going
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 12:35am PDT
people are talking about. the first debate between barack obama and mitt romney is tomorrow night, and the campaigns are doing whatever they can to get ready. actually, i heard that the obama campaign is a little worried, 'cause during his flight to nevada on sunday, the president apparently watched four hours of football instead of studying. [ laughter ] although it did mark the first time all year obama's actually seen something get passed. [ audience ohs ] so, it's going to be very interesting. [ applause ] everyone's looking for some kind of sign as to who will win debate. in fact, one group of researchers are saying that presidential candidates who blink less during a debate are more likely to win the election. or as michele bachmann put it, "any way i can get back in this thing or what?" [ laughter ] hey! there you go. [ applause ] i just read about this, you guys. a new survey found that over 35% of americans actually plan on voting before election day. not for president of the united states, just for "dancing with the stars." [ laughter ] they love drew lachey all the way.
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm PDT
obama and gop candidate mitt romney step on stage tomorrow night. it will be their first face-to-face meeting in nearly five years. both candidates have taken the debate seriously. romney aides brought two podiums into his hotel conference room for a mock debate. not only is he spending long hours in practice sessions. but he's memorizing a series of zingers to criticize the president. president obama has five mock debates under his belt. he's been practicing under senator john kerry. the president's goals are to keep his answers tight and be aggressive without overdoing it. a new poll in "the wall street journal" shows nearly 40% of registered voters say the upcoming debate are extremely or quite important to help them determine their vote. you can watch the debate tomorrow night at 6:00. >>> triple digits for the first week of fall. if you were outside or inside, you felt the heat. and the heat is still on tonight. san jose is in the 70s. san jose tied a record from 1986 with a high of 96. let's bring in jeff raineri. not only hot. but some of the hottest temperatures of the
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. republicans are calling for more pressure on the president's foreign policy. in today's "wall street journal" romney calls mr. obama's policies dangerous. both sides are downplaying expectations, giving credit to each other as strong debaters. >> obama is going to be formidable and ike it will be a good debate but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> both sides are already planning their post debate rallies. romney is in virginia with paul ryan on thursday. president obama is staying in colorado. >> wednesday night big one, number one. >> thursday morning will be big here. >> a lot to talk about. >>> a bay area haven to techies has now been saved from closure. we'll have the details coming up next. >>> plus after three straight days of talks, we'll tell you if the sharks are going back on the ice any time soon. >>
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
alexander in denver where they're getting ready for the big moment tomorrow night. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. when president obama and mitt romney step on the stage behind me tomorrow night, it's going to be the first time they've seen each other face to face in nearly five years. to give you a sense of just how crucial his performance is, romney aides brought podiums into his hotel conference room late today to help him simulate the real thing. fueling up for an afternoon study session today. >> governor, are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm getting there. >> reporter: mitt romney, who has been for weeks practicing zingers to sharply critique the president, may have gotten help from an unlikely ally. vice president joe biden campaigning today in north carolina. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes? >> reporter: the romney campaign quickly seized on that comment. arguing the president's policies have hurt the middle class. taking a breather
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm PDT
obama and mitt romney getting ready for wednesday night's face-off. it takes place in denver. both men facing challenges. neither is known for being a stellar debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites and can come off as patronizing. romney's advisers say he can sound out of touch with the voters. the topic this time is domestic policy ask the moderator is news hour host jim lehrer. >>> a victim of the aurora theater shooting is calling on mitt romney and president obama to address gun control during the debate. >> it was this past summer in a movie theater, i was shot in the face and neck. >> that's stephen barton featured in a new national tv ad paid for by a group called united against illegal gun support fund. the group says it is disappointed about. the candidates haven't addressed gun violence in a concrete and specific way. it is unlikely that topic will be brought up unless the question comes from the moderator. critics point out the weapons used in that aurora shooting were all legally purchased. >>> you pay up, they show up. the officials raking in
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
are hoping the first of three presidential debates tomorrow night will be a game-changer for mitt romney. right now he trails the president in every battleground state. a new quinnipiac poll out this morning shows president obama has an 18 point lead over romney among women. nbc's brian mooar joins us from washington with more on all this. brian, good morning. >> reporter: for both campaigns this first debate is filled can challenge and opportunity. as denver gets ready for tomorrow night's first presidential debate, so are the candidates. >> it'll be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> reporter: romney is hoping to pick up a few votes with an endorsement from football great john elway. president obama is taking the personal approach to nail down support. >> this is barack obama. >> reporter: and like romney, the president sees this debate as a chance to talk to america. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our n
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
to go to the finish line. momentum off his debate's success, mitt romney kept the heat on the president last night in florida. >> he said, you know, you can't fix washington from the inside. you can only fix it from the outside. we'll give him that chance on november. >> reporter: the romney campaign says it's taken in $12 million in campaign cash. while the obama campaign reported a record monthly haul, $181 million in september, tops for either campaign this year. in his weekly address the president touted another september number, the unexpected drop in the jobless rate. >> friday we learned the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> reporter: and in case you like your politics a bit more tongue-in-cheek -- >> that is how you are preparing, prepping for the rumble with chicken? >> that's right. >> reporter: two tv warriors squared off in their own rhetorical throwdown. john stewart left leading host of "the daily show" and took on bill o'reilly, the conservative host of fox, and what
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
romney. and by all accounts he made it last night, the clear winner. >> from the start, romney controlled the direction of the debate, aggressively pushing president obama on the economy, job creation, and health care. we're going to talk to top advisers about how their candidates faired just ahead. we're also going to talk with chris matthews who had very strong feelings about the debate. but we want to begin with chuck todd, chief white house correspondent in denver this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. look, this may have been the most substantive debate in the television era. and mitt romney dealt with it as if his campaign depended on it while a subdued president obama let romney dictate the terms of the debate. not exactly the gift the president was looking for on his 20th wedding anniversary. >> and so i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. >> reporter: from the very beginning, mitt romney displayed a confident and commanding
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Oct 6, 2012 12:35am PDT
pit naked. >> they don't let people do that. >> it's time for "night news now." [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hello. the first presidential debate between barack obama and mitt romney was held wednesday night in denver. something that really came up a lot during the debate was taxes. take a look. >> taxes. >> taxes. >> taxes. >> taxes. >> taxes. >> taxes, taxes, taxes. >> taxes. >> tax, tax, tax. >> tax. >> tax, tax. >> tax. >> tax, tax, tax, tax, tax. >> let me talk specifically about taxes. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: and now to sports, or as it's said in reverse strops. [ light laughter ] a group of people who hate field goal posts demonstrated their rage at a recent game. [ light laughter ] no people were injured but the field goal post is in critical condition -- [ laughter ] now, to "tick-tock tech talk," your source for the latest in technology development. here to give his review of the iphone 5 is tech correspondent, greg laspo. greg? >> thank you, jimmy. where do i begin with the iphone 5? let's start with my favorite feature right here on the back of the phone -- new 8 mega
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm PDT
in either crime. >>> decision 2012 now. the clear winner in last night's presidential debate, twitter, which set a record sparked largely by a single remark by mitt romney that he would cut funding to public broadcasting and big bird. president obama largely criticized for a lack luster performance last night jumped on the "sesame street" reference saying thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. he joked that the real mitt romney didn't show up for the faceoff. >> the real mitt romney said we don't need any more teachers in our classrooms. [ booing ] >> but don't -- don't boo, vote. the fellow on stage last night, he loves teachers. >> and trickle-down government that the president proposes is one where he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. i instead want to keep taxes down on small business so we can create jobs. >> gop rival romney said his campaign has been rejuvenated following his strong performance last night. >> we're not even 24 hours removed from the debate, and the country's still buzzing about some of the things that happened in the deba
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Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm PDT
, and about last night, they now estimate 67 million of us watched a very energized mitt romney cruise to a consensus victory over president obama in their first of three debates. this now throws something of a change into the race and this only focuses more attention on the big and ongoing fight to swing those remaining undecided voters. they number about 5% of all voters. they take up 100% of the efforts of some of the campaign teams. who have to find them and then hook them as harry smith recently saw in the critical state of north carolina. >> reporter: republican volunteers canvass in the neighborhoods of raleigh, north carolina. >> how are you today? >> reporter: this is real retail politics. the ultimate neighborhood watch. >> mitt romney. >> obama. >> thank you for your time. >> reporter: the grueling day-by-day search for the most important person in this presidential election. >> having some bad luck. >> the undecided voter. >> another double. >> reporter: and we found him, his name is george manukis, a grandfather and avid golfer. he and his wife, vula, are transplants from
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
class americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. >> mitt romney on the offensive in the presidential debate. the question is who wins round one? we'll have a recap of the night's highlights coming up. >>> the oakland a's just shocked the rangers and the baseball world. >> meet the new a.l. west champions. fans buzzing with the oakland a's decisive victory in the season finale and now it's on to the postseason. >>> we give you a live look over at san francisco. they didn't have the on-field party but the giants still on the playoffs. an ominous look over that city by the bay on this thursday, october 4th. this is "today in the bay." >>> 4:31 on the nose. good morning, everybody. it is friday eve. always happy to be here. i'm happy to have you with us. i'm jon kelley. >> and i'm marla tellez. a whole lot to get to today. change is in the air. good morning to you, christina. >> good morning to you, jon and marla, good morning to you at home. we've got a great-looking day shaping up. i'm talking about phenomenal conditions, most cities only topping out in the 70s, and
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> the president has an opportunity to put this race away. mitt romney has to have a good night to get this race to change. >> now, we know that this is very important for the candidates. but what about the voters? according to our nbc poll, almost 4 in 10 say they're really interested in this debate but the majority say they're only somewhat interested or not at all. jon. >> tracie potts, thank you. you can watch tonight's debate right here on nbc bay area. that starts off right after "nightly news." and we'll have a complete wrap for you at 11:00. >>> 6:33 now. an update to a developing story in berkeley where fire has gutted back of a home. this is near college and ashbe. you can see the back of the home badly damaged. so badly, in fact, firefighters say they will have to excavate before they can get inside to identify this cause. we are gathering information at the scene and we'll have that in about 15 minutes. >>> have you enjoyed the heat? >> a little too hot. especially if i want to go for a run. >> which she does every day, lots of miles. some hope is on the way so you can run outside. >
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
night after night. i can't always say the same. >> as for mitt romney, the republican nominee is set to take aim at the president's leadership and foreign policy at the virginia military institute where he is this morning. >>> new this morning. a major milestone in achievement for a bay area scientists. uc san francisco researcher shinya yam macha has won the nobel prize for medicine, responsible for a major stem cell break through. christie smith is live at ucsf right now. christie, i guess the question is when exactly did they find out about this? >> i have to tell you, they are buzzing here at ucsf. they tell me they got the call from 2:30 this morning from the cher himself saying he won the nobel prize in medicine from a discovery he started researching in 2006. shinya yamanaka conducted his research here and in japan. the president of the institute and other researchers held a video conference with yamanaka who is still in japan this morning. his prize is in medicine and for his discovery that human skin cells can be reprogrammed so they can take on the properties of any other c
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
been told this certainly was a wakeup call. >> mitt romney was on fox news last night saying he was completely wrong about the comments about 47% of americans. that's a shift. originally he stood by the sentiment he could have put it better. is this a change in strategy from the romney campaign? >> that 47%, that has left a bigger mark on mitt romney than anything that had happened in his political campaign to date. they had to find a way. they have been looking for a way to see if they could get rid of in the euphoria of debate performance, this is an opportunity to completely disown it as best they can, and you know, it doesn't look like, you know, you're floundering or losing, timing it the best they can do. some folks wonder why didn't he do it two and a half weeks ago. >> another chance to debate the vice presidents next week, a couple weeks later hear from both candidates. chuck todd, thank you. david you will have more sunday on "meet the press." >> we will. special panel how this race changed from here. >>> we go to natalie morales at the news desk. good morning. >> good
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
? >> i think romney's running a little behind but if he does well on wednesday night he's going to close the gap because people -- look. romney has to look ahead. people know how they feel now. he can't say well the president did this or the other thing. this is what i can do for you and make your life better. if he can do that, all right, and then he can put the president on the defensive a few times, he'll gain. >> last thing on this. what do you think of the expectations games going on where each candidate is trying to outdo each other complimenting the other's debasing prowess? >> it's like a football game. you know those people, you know. it's play it down, tamp it down. it's all a game. >> let's talk about the book, "killing knennedy." how do you feel about president kennedy and did that change? >> you know, kennedy died i was 13 and i opened the book where i was, i was at high school out on long island and came over the loud speaker and everybody alive then knows where they were. but people don't know whoion kennedy was. and that's number one. after reading "killing kennedy" you'l
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Oct 7, 2012 7:00am PDT
. the vice presidential candidates are also getting ready for their first debate thursday night in kentucky. >>> big bird is still making headlines after last week's presidential debate. republican mitt romney mentioned the beloved character when talked about the nation's debt and cutting funding for pbs. last night on "saturday night live," the beloved big bird responded. >> do you have any political statement you would like to make? >> i don't want to ruffle any feathers. i do have a political joke. may i tell it? >> of course. >> you're going to laugh. this is funny. >> okay. can't wait. >> you know who loves debates? >> who? >> the fishes. it's a thinker. >> big bird told seth myers he learned he was mentioned during the debate via twitter. >>> coming up in 20 minutes, we'll sit down with nbc bay area political analyst larry gerston for his take on what both presidential candidates need to do in their next debate. plus, we'll preview this week's vice presidential debate as well. >>> still ahead on "today in the bay," police in riot gear in san francisco after a protest gets out of hand.
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am PDT
, and this week the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. republicans are calling for more pressure on the president's foreign policy. in today's "wall street journal" romney calls mr. obama's policies dangerous. both sides are downplaying expectations, giving credit to each other as strong debaters. >> he's going to be formidable. it will be a good debate but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings. >> mitt romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> both sides already planning their post debate rallies. romney is in virginia with paul ryan on thursday. president obama will be staying in colorado. >>> 5:43 right now. let's talk a little bit of baseball. long time coming. a's fans waiting a very long time for this, a shot at the postseason. >> exciting. the last time oakland was playing in the postseason was back in 2006. >> i remember. >> christey smi ie smith is liv oa
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Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
. >> this president is serious about substance and is wondering whether it is that mitt romney went with his substance. i had a white board last night. i should have brought it. there is a $4. trillion in revenue. you cut according to mitt romney's own plan there's a 20% rate reduction from the bush tax cuts. we'll end the estate tax. we're going to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%. you cannot sit here, mr. speaker, or anybody can't sit here and say, that doesn't require a reduction in the amount of revenue by 4.8 trillion. this is math. >> i'll say it right now. >> moderates, liberals, everybody says here is the problem. you guys won't give him any credit for closing loopholes because like you guys he won't name the loopholes. why? you'll attack him for doing it. >> this is important. >> if there is substance -- you keep bringing up substance. let me hear some obama substance. your substance is to attack romney. that's the whole campaign. where was the president's vision? if he had a couple of sharp ideas, he would have had a better debate. >> the president talked about his health care plan
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney practicing with ohio senator rob portman looks like he's been getting a workout. the president sparring with john kerry, even chose a key suburb in nevada, a battleground state, for his practice session. neither candidate is known as a great debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites, and can be patronizing. >> you're likeable enough, hillary. >> thank you. >> reporter: romney, say advisers, can come off as out of touch with average voters. >> rick, i'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: in the 52 years since the debates were first televised the first rule is appearances count.
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Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
're such great friends and they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> as for mitt romney, the republican nominee is set to take aim at the president's leadership and foreign policy at the virginia military institute this morning where he is. coming up at 6:30, we will have live team coverage on both sides of the campaign trail, including specifics on mitt romney's plan to crack down on egypt and that crisis in syria. >>> moving to a developing story in hercules. friends and family holding a vigil for a hercules woman found dead inside of her home over the weekend as police try to track down the person or persons who killed her. neighbors placing flowers and notes outside susie ko's home this weekend. police say somebody killed ko friday night. her husband was working at the time in idaho. ko's children simply devastated. >> very shocking. i found out first thing saturday morning. she had passed friday, but my phone had died. as soon as i turned it off, i got a call from my sister, i found out and just hurried home. >> as part of this investigation p
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Oct 7, 2012 3:30pm PDT
, mitt romney gets personal and big bird breaks his silence on snl. >>> danger zone? on this football night in america, a growing fight off the field. kids caught in the middle. >>> and american classics. once the heart of millions of homes, the new efforts to give a lot of old castaways new life. >>> good evening. there may very well be more than just frost on the pumpkin where you are tonight. we start this evening with a cold blast. a dramatic and practically overnight temperature swing has turned what had been an exceptionally mild fall for most of the country into a big chill that tonight is gripping roughly two-thirds of the nation. scores of low temperature records have been broken over the last 24 hours as the mercury went from the 70s and 80s in many places down into the 30s and 40s, even below freezing. we'll get the outlook for the week ahead in a moment, but we start with nbc's michelle fra frandsen here in new york. michelle, good evening. >> good evening, lester. this freeze warning has brought a snap not only here in new york but to a good bit of the country. an arctic
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. both sides already planning their post bedadebate rallies. coming up at 6:50, a live report from capitol hill with a look at why both sides are downplaying expectations while at the same time pressuring one another on foreign policy. >>> all right. let's check in welcome back weather right now. this story here has come up a little bit short so i think we need to change here. >> certainly not the forecast. >> no, the forecast smoking hot. christina loren, you're halving. >> i'd like to give it back to mother nature. as we head throughout the afternoon, it is going to be a scorcher. in fact what's bizarre is that this is actually the second monday of fall and we're talking about the potential for the hottest day of the year. the hottest day of 2012, first day of october. what's interesting is fresno down south, they're expecting the hottest start to the month in over 25 years. just an indication of how unusual it is to see temperatures soar this time of year. hazy sunri
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Oct 5, 2012 5:30pm PDT
is waiting to hear what his punishment will be. >> i called olivier jean last night to apologize. >> reporter: the u.s. and canada face off in just two weeks, in calgary. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >>> up next here tonight, mitt romney calls out big bird before a national viewing audience, and pbs nation goes on the defensive. >>>if your household is among the millions with children, perhaps including you at one time, were raised with the help of some friends named big bird, kermit, elmo, oscar and the count, then perhaps your ears picked up during this year's debate, when mitt romney talked about federal funding and took on pbs in the process. it was one of the memorable moments in the debate, when mitt romney called for an end to government funding of the moderator's own network. >> i am going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i like big bird, i like you too, but i won't keep spending on things to get china to pay for it. >> but while he didn't have an attack that night, president obama talked about it the next day. >> he will do away with regulations on wall street, but he will crack do
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Oct 6, 2012 4:00pm PDT
>>> on this saturday night, one month to go. a wild week in the race for the white house, renewed momentum for the romney campaign and news tonight about a record fall for the president. >>> all-time high. gas now the most expensive ever in california. why folks in the nation's biggest state are paying the price. >>> freeze warning. after a summer like start to october, now the big chill. >>> sign of the times, kids packing the cafeteria, but not just for lunch. why more and more schools are now serving dinner. >>> and a tangled mess on one of the most congested highways in america, drivers can't believe it. a massive project brought to a grinding halt by the itsy-bitsy spider. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "fightly news" with lester holt. >> one month from today we'll be coming on the air counting down to the poll closings. the month to go mark in a race that's taken potential game changing twist this week. mitt romney's strong debate performance and yesterday's timely drop in the nation's unemployment rate. these are critical days on every level f
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
. both the president and romney are running through full rehearsals to fine tune their talking points. as of this morning, president obama has the lead in all nine of the key battle ground states. both campaigns say to him night is important to reach undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation. we will get to describe our views. >> the choice of two paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirety on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts wednesday night at 6:00. >>> in a move to save money, milpitas may put the police department on the chopping block. considering outsourcing law enforcement to the santa clara county sheriff's office. it is on the agenda at the meeting tonight which is open to the public. this is all happening at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. >>> another bay area city says it wants to dump its weekly garbage collection. according to "the palo alto weekly," they are trying to keep organic waste out of landfills. if homeownerss sorted their foo scraps, there wo
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Oct 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
night on cnbc, not just because it's the first debate for romney and obama. it's because here on "mad money," it's wednesday. what do we play on wednesdays? you've got it. time to see about your port o portfolios are protected. time to play "am i diversified?." this is where you call me, you tell me your top five holdings and i tell you whether you need to diversify. we've gotten inundated with tweets. we have to go to them. this is from dimas720. i think i know a dmas who writes am i diversified, altria, trokter and gamble can, conoco phillips, big california boo-yah. mike dimas is from summit new jersey. procter & gamble, uh-oh, pepsi, consumer products company. altria, there's a match game thing going on there. conoco phillips, new york community, high yielding financial. keep altria. between pepsi and procter, keep pepsi. proctor is a work in progress although mr. mcdonald is doing much better. we're going to put in yes, a health care company. at this point i'm going a little aggressive. go celgene. let's go to ed in new york, please. ed? >> caller: hey. >> hey. modern portfolio.
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
jose, monte francis, nbc bay area news. >>> perhaps the harshest performance criticism of the night is being aimed at debate moderator jim lehrer who at times struggled to wrangle the candidates. he even got stung by mitt romney. >> so i'll get rid of that. i'm sorry, jim. i'm going to start the subsidy to pbs. i'm going to start other things. i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for it. so that's number one. >> the big bird moment took off on twitter. 17,000 tweets per minute for big bird. and 10,000 tweets per minute for pbs. now for continuing coverage from tonight's debate go to nbcbayarea.com. we've posted the full debate as well as analysis from political experts. nbc bay area.com. now the vice presidential candidates will square off october 11th. of course, zeiwe'll have that f you as well. >>> man on the track, police foot race and a shooting. it led to confusion for cal train riders heading out of san jose tonight. it happened just after 5:00 today near the deradon cal train station. george kiriyama joins us with more. >> repor
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
with what supporters had hoped to see wednesday night, a mocking assault on mitt romney. >> when he was asked how he would actually cut spending and reduce the deficit, he said he'd go after funding for public television. elmo, you better make a run for it. >> reporter: on the stump in virginia, romney says the jobless numbers don't tell the whole story. too many workers, he says, have simply stopped looking. >> when i'm president of the united states, that unemployment rate is going to come down, not because people are giving up and dropping out of the work force, but because we're creating more jobs. >> reporter: with the unexpected drop, some saw a conspiracy. former general electric chairman jack welch seemed to accuse the obama campaign of cooking the books, tweeting unbelievable jobs numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, so change numberns. later on "hardball", welch admitted he has no evidence to back that up, but he remained defiant. >> i don't want to take back one word in that tweet. it seems coincidental that one month before the election they would
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
themselves, the president and myself, it's about something bigger than that. >> reporte governor romney appeared in denver. you can watch the debate. topic is domestic policy and moderator is jim lair. coverage begins at 6:00 tomorrow night. >>> a warning about a popular seafood. it's the details of a costco recall. >>> i'm jeff ranieri. temperatures holding onto the century mark in the east bay and starting to slowly climb on down into south bay right now with plenty of low 90s here across parts of san jose down to campbell. we'll have more on that full forecast in our seven-day in details on when major cooling will arrive in just a few minutes. ah. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. do you churn your own butter what? too? this is going to give you a head start on your dinner. that seems easier sure does who are you? [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. five delicious cooking sauces you combine with fresh ingredients to make amazing home-cooked meals. ♪ ambiance [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. your head-start to home cooked.
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Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
's surprising. and the trend is that it is heading in a positive direction. right now mitt romney is behind in eight of the battleground states. he did really well in that debate the other night, but this is going to take that over in terms of messaging and in terms of just sentiment, in terms of those people who are undecided in those states that are now already having early balloting. laura. >> thank you, brian. we're just getting reports from the romney camp, already claiming 7.8 is not a recovery. so we'll keep our eyes on everything going on. thank you so much, brian. >>> right now we have some new details to tell you about in the sexual abuse case involving a teacher at an albany middle school. police say several new victims have already come forward. james izumizaki was arrested last week on suspicion of lewd acts with a former student. he was then found dead in his car less than a week later. in a brand new report, police now confirming his death was in fact a suicide. police also say several girls are now coming forward, claiming the sixth grade teacher molested them as well. izumi
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Oct 8, 2012 5:00am PDT
it, big bird making a little cameo on "saturday night live." he responded to a comment made during the presidential debate in which republican mitt romney mentioned directly cutting funding for pbs. have a listen. >> do you have any political statement you'd like to make? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers. but i do have a political joke. may i tell it? >> yeah, of course. >> okay. you're going to laugh. this is funny. you know who -- who loves debates? >> who? >> defishes. it's a thinker. >> oh, yes, certainly is. now, big bird had a good time telling seth myers that he learned he was mentioned during the debate through twitter. after all we should know that sesame street does have wi-fi. if mitt romney has his way, they may not have wi-fi or i guess even have a street. >> that was a great little bit they did there. so a little bit cooler start to the week. >> it's going to be very interesting weather. >> we like interesting. >> we do. we really dodged a bullet over the course of the weekend but the same area of low pressure that could have brought us showers actually stir
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